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Choose the Right Circuit Breaker

Standard circuit breakers used to be the go-to for homes, but these types of circuit breakers typically only protect electrical wiring and equipment, so are rarely used in residential construction now. They have been replaced by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs). 

Installing the incorrect circuit breaker in a home can be costly and dangerous. For your DIY customers who want to do their own electrical work, educate them on the correct circuit breaker for their home and stock the products they need to install it. 

GFCIs are required in areas of the home where small appliances are being used and water is present, such as in the kitchen with toasters or in a bathroom where the homeowner uses a hairdryer. Other areas homeowners might overlook but need GFCIs include near sump pumps, in a wet bar and outside. They must be accessible to reset and cannot be installed behind walls or in a ceiling. 

The Leviton Self-Test SmartlockPro Slim GFCI/Guide Light adds a night light without losing outlet space in a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. 

AFCIs prevent fires in areas where appliance cords can be pinched, crimped or chewed on by pets. National Electric Code now requires AFCIs in all living areas. They are generally equipped with electronics that detect arcing conditions that could start a fire. 

The Leviton SmartlockPro Outlet Branch Circuit AFCI Receptacle comes with advanced technology to help protect against electrical fires resulting from arc-faults.

When installing or repairing a GFCI or AFCI, a homeowner will need several tools, including a Phillips screwdriver for tightening the connections, a wire stripper and cutter to bend and shape the wiring and an electrical outlet testing tool to check outlets for power. Merchandise these items together with GFCIs and AFCIs to sell the whole project. 

About Hans Cummings

Hans Cummings
Born in Indiana and raised in Indiana, Germany and Virginia, Hans has worked for NRHA since 2001. He has a B.A. in English from Indiana University and is a published fantasy and science-fiction author. His hobbies include cooking, especially smoking meats, tabletop and video games and supporting space sciences and science education.

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